In between coverage of the fight between the President of the United States and the hosts of Morning Joe, you may have heard about the voter fraud commission run by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach requesting personal voter information from all 50 states.
So far, a bunch of states have refused to comply with the request, including the Secretary of State from Pence’s home state of Indiana:
My statement on the CEI's request for voter information: pic.twitter.com/46vECNBtkf
— Connie Lawson (@SecretaryLawson) June 30, 2017
Also, according to the Kansas City Star, even Kobach himself said the following, regarding his own state:
Kobach said Thursday that Kansas would provide all the information requested in the letter, but in a follow-up interview Friday, he said the state would not be sharing the Social Security information at this time.
“In Kansas, the Social Security number is not publicly available. … Every state receives the same letter, but we’re not asking for it if it’s not publicly available,” Kobach said.
But the most pithy response has come from Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. As he explains in a press release, he made it clear he’s been made aware of this request for voters’ personal information.
And here’s his actual response:
In the event I were to receive correspondence from the Commission requesting the following,
‘if publicly available under the laws of the state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information,’
My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from.
Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our State’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.
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